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Understanding Health Policy

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  70 ratings  ·  6 reviews
This highly readable text gives a broad but detailed picture of how health care is organized and dispensed in the United States. It considers the problems of, and possible solutions for, cost control, long-term care, quality control, ethical issues, and insurance programs. Clinicians are likely to find this text attractive because of its supportive flow charts and its freq ...more
Paperback, 202 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by McGraw-Hill Medical Publishing (first published September 30th 1996)
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Jasmine Star
I used this book for the first undergrad class I taught on the US healthcare system. I think that it clearly outlines the major themes in health policy and is a very clear way to learn about the US healthcare system and its many confusing components. Humorous, interesting and thought provoking.
Dec 29, 2009 Christine rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Health care professionals
Health care is complicated. This book makes it a little bit easier to not just understand the difference between Medicaid and Medicare (among many other things) but also HOW it happened to be that way. It makes me optimistic to see that other countries have succeeded in universal coverage in a variety of methods (not just single-payer). It makes me pessimistic, because as it turns out the system didn't get this screwed up all at once and people have tried to fix it previously, with the most "suc ...more
Nice, concise, easy-to-read, and up-to-date little review of how our health care system works (and how it doesn't). Great survey of a immensely complicated system with lots of questions and issues to ponder.
Court Corley
Concise introduction to health services. This book, supplemented with relevant recent articles, made learning, understanding, and critically evaluating health services domestically and abroad fun!
Sarah Jane
One of the better books that breaks down health policy, sorts through all the bullshit and makes it more accessible to understand.
Angeline Muday
Standard mainstream primer. No histrionics. Good introduction to the system.
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